This time last year I was on a train on my way to Glasgow, ready to take part in my first ever TV gameshow.
Today, I want to share as much of my experience on a TV gameshow as possible. To give you a little background, insight and hopefully the confidence to go ahead and apply for a TV show yourself.
Applying For The Show
Back in January 2016, I set myself the challenge of entering (and winning) as many fantastic competitions as I could. Pretty new to the ‘comping’ world I would spend hours if not day’s on famous competition blogger Di Cokes website. It was here I read an article about how to apply for a TV gameshow.
After spending some time reading the article, I found some TV shows that we’re looking for applicants and applied… Thinking nothing of it. The application process was a basic web form asking you to tell them a little bit about yourself, everything you’d expect really.
Whilst everyones TV gameshow experience is going to be different depending on the gameshow and production company the next stage of my application process was a telephone interview. It was a Wednesday, late afternoon and I was at my parents. My phone rang, and I answered. It had been months since applying for the gameshow so I was surprised and managed to mumble my way through answering some questions.
The woman on the other end of the phone was happy to confirm there and then that she would like to see me for the next stage of the application, an audition. We confirmed a date and the best city for myself and just like that I was on my way to Manchester for an audition.
The audition took place in a hotel in Manchester. The team had been splitting the day in half and I was in the afternoon slot. Which was from 1pm until 5pm.
Upon arriving myself and 30 or so others we’re sat in a circle and informed of the process that was going to take place. We completed various different tasks highlighting our personality and after a couple of hours they cut the group by more than half until just 10 of us remained.
We then went for a formal interview. This was recorded and was going to be played back to the directors for the ‘final cut’. Again, it’s important to highlight that this is only my TV gameshow experience and others may vary. Two weeks later I received the call letting me know I’d been successful and was going to be heading to Glasgow for filming!
I spent four days in Glasgow in total. It was a long four days of sitting in a green room watching re-runs of the TV show, waiting to find out if I’d be going next.
Eventually, my day came… I went through make-up (twice) and was walked down to the studio with what felt like an army of production staff (two, but with the sound crew, and other staff it felt like so many more).
Before I knew it the live audience was clapping and I received a gentle tap on my leg… Time to start walking… Filming lasted for around 45 minutes (although it felt like 30 seconds) myself and my teammate lost and I was sent packing.
By the time the broadcast of the show came around it was almost six months later. I received texts, phone calls, tweets and private messages from people I’d not heard from in years congratulating me on having the guts to go on the show.
Although my parents still have the show taped on their Virgin media box I’ve still never gotten around to watching it – maybe that’s for the best.
Overall, many people ask would I do it again? and the answer is YES!!!
I had the opportunity to win a life changing amount of money and whilst I didn’t the more shows I apply for and take part in the more likely I am to win one. Since going on the TV show I’ve been building my confidence under pressure and a live audience with competitions on the radio and I’m hoping to apply for more TV gameshows in the near future.
As always I would love to know your thoughts. Would you like to go on a TV game show? Have you applied previously but never made it through to filming? Have you previously been on a gameshow and won? Let me know in the comments below.